About me - Dr Alice Duffy
I’m Dr Alice Duffy, a GP and educator with a lifelong interest in women’s health and I chose to specialise in the menopause because I want to help women feel better and thrive in all aspects of their personal and professional lives. I’m passionate about teaching women the truth about menopause, debunking myths about HRT, and helping women answer the question “What does this mean for me?” I empathise greatly, because I’ve been there myself.
After studying medicine at Glasgow University, and graduating in 1987 I decided to pursue further training to become a GP. General Practice helps build long-term, trusting relationships between patients and practitioners; I wanted to really get to know my patients and understand what was important to them. I firmly believe this is vital to good care – no two of us are the same, so care should be shaped to our unique individual needs.
I was awarded the diploma of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists in 1990 and in 1991 I completed GP Training, became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, and obtained the Faculty of Family Planning certificate. In 1993 I moved to Nottingham and in 1994 I joined a general practice as partner, where I stayed for the next 21 years.
In hindsight, my own perimenopause played a part in my decision to leave General Practice. It isn’t unusual for women to reduce their hours or even leave their jobs during this time. The loss of confidence and poor concentration caused by low hormones, sleep deprivation from night sweats and embarrassment of hot flushes can lead women to quit jobs they were previously very happy in.
My personal experience of menopause taught me more about living with the menopause than any textbook ever could. I thought about leaving medicine altogether, but I missed helping patients. So instead, I decided to use my experience, personal and professional, to help other women gain access to evidence-based advice and continuous, tailored support.
Menopause knowledge and experience
As well as my own personal experience of perimenopause and menopause, gained from working with hundreds of women in my role as a GP in 2017 I completed the British Menopause Society (BMS) theoretical course in menopause care, and concluded the International Menopause Society (IMS) Impart menopause education in 2018.
I worked with Dr Louise Newson, Dr Rebecca Lewis and Dr Sarah Ball to create a menopause education programme for GPs and Health Care Professionals, which launched in 2019.
I continually stay up to date with research and guidelines through membership of the following societies:
• British Menopause Society (BMS)
• International Menopause Society (IMS)
• European Menopause and Andropause Society (EMAS)
In 2020 I set up Health in Menopause to use my knowledge and experience to bring best practice in menopause care to the women of the East Midlands and beyond.
Dr Alice Duffy MBChB, MRCGP, DRCOG